September, 2017

Stories from September, 2017

Netizen Report: Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Sentenced to One Year in Prison for ‘Inciting Protest,’ a Moroccan Journalist Goes on Hunger Strike

Several journalists have been arrested by Moroccan authorities over their coverage of the unrest in the Rif region.

Speaking of Independence Is Getting Harder for Hong Kongers

"The universities can say they don’t support Hong Kong independence, but students and teachers should have the freedom of speech to discuss Hong Kong independence."

Evidence of Government Surveillance in Mexico Continues to Mount

Intrusive technologies used to intimidate and silence dissent continue to be used in Mexico.

Netizen Report: Online Supporters of Myanmar's Rohingya Face Censorship, Legal Threats

Salvadoran journalists face violent threats on social media, Japanese activists stomp on hateful tweets and Chile doubles down on data retention.

Twitter Tells Kashmiri Journalists and Activists That They Will Be Censored at Indian Government's Request

"It is an attempt at intimidating those who post the truth that will never be shown by Indian media."

Keeping His Story Alive: The Creative Legacy of Bassel Khartabil

One month after his execution was confirmed, friends honour Bassel Khartabil through art, song and new opportunities for open technology innovators.

Taiwanese Activist Was Forced to Confess on Camera to ‘Smearing the Chinese Government,’ Allies Say

"...if you see Lee Mingche confess against his will in court....please forgive him. This is just another drama staged by the Chinese government."

Journalist Faces Defamation Probe for Comparing Indonesia’s Treatment of West Papua with Myanmar's Rohingya

Dandhy posted his comments on Facebook following a rally condemning the Myanmar government for its treatment of Rohingya refugees.

China Makes Chat Group Administrators — i.e. Regular Users — Criminally Liable for Unlawful Messages

Chat group administrators are becoming a key human resource in China's internet control infrastructure.

At Twitter's Tokyo Office, Protesters Stomp on Hateful Tweets

Demonstrators gathered outside Twitter Japan's Tokyo headquarters to demand that the company do more to rein in harassment and hate speech.

#PotongSteam: Malaysian Gamers Blast Blocking of Website Over ‘Fight of Gods’ Video Game

"First they come for (political posts), but I am not political. Then they come for the gamers..."

Violence in Northwest Myanmar Sparks an Information War Online with Anti-Rohingya Hate Speech and Fake Photos

Malicious propaganda, hate speech, and false photos are making it difficult to verify information coming from the conflict in northwest Myanmar.

Palestinian Human Rights Defender Arrested For a Facebook Post

In a Facebook post, Amro criticized the Palestinian Authority's arrest of journalist Ayman Qawasmi .

Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Cambodia Daily Closes Down After Government Threatened It with Hefty Tax Bill

"Cambodia lost a significant aspect of its media diversity. It lost a training ground for a generation of Khmer journalists. It lost a beacon of free speech."

A Year After Newspaper Ban, Independent Media Remain Under Siege in Oman

Azamn newspaper was banned over a report on interference with the independence of the judiciary. One of its journalists remains in prison.

On WhatsApp, Fake News is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

Iran's Foreign Minister Says He Won't Tweet in Persian Because of Twitter Censorship

The rhetoric of the Rouhani administration is giving off less hope for online freedoms, and the popular foreign minister's statements about not tweeting for Iranian audiences has increased concerns.

In Quest for ‘Ideological Security’, China Pushes to Extend Communist Party Influence Inside Tech Firms

Until recently, companies had no obligation to participate in Communist Party activities. But now informal political pressure to do so is getting stronger and stronger.

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